News of the Future: Will the Internet spell the death of local television news as we know it?

“This is a very bad time for a new, young anchor to be starting out, because they’ll be the first to go. The point and click selection process of INTERACTIVE communication will eliminate the need for a news jockey–and certainly for the tiring ‘teams’ of too friendly, overly made up glamor clones we get on 3 affiliate stations in every market in America.” Greg Bryon –News of the Future: Will…

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Busted By a Blog: Online Journal Reveals Relationship Infidelity

“Turns out Alex had been snooping in her Web cache, found the URL for the blog, and voilà, her secret was out.” –Busted By a Blog: Online Journal Reveals Relationship Infidelity (ABC News) Here’s a good example of how a journalist can subtly editorialize. Alex and Johanna have mended ways and learned a lesson: “We clear the Internet cache after we talk online.” It would be too obvious if the reporter…

Lord of the Flies

“Lord willing, AOL stock would rise high enough that Colburn would make enough to donate $1 million to the rabbis, with plenty to spare. The stock was a pretty sure bet. The way AOL’s stock was ticking up, up and away, reaching beyond $90 a share that December, he didn’t exactly need God’s help.|Then again, why take chances?|One rabbi, however, wasn’t completely sold on the deal. |Apparently sensing that Colburn…

Word of Mouse [Metallica E and F Chord Spoof]

“Like any successful scam, the hoax worked for two reasons: it seemed believable, and it was beautifully executed. Metallica are well known (and frequently vilified) on the net for their legal tactics, and the story was posted on a perfect copy of MTV’s news page. Because it looked like a genuine story and was written in the same style as MTV’s other news stories, many net users didn’t notice that…

How Hip-Hop Holds Blacks Back

“The National Council of Teachers of English, recommending the use of hip-hop lyrics in urban public school classrooms (as already happens in schools in Oakland, Los Angeles, and other cities), enthuses that ?hip-hop can be used as a bridge linking the seemingly vast span between the streets and the world of academics.?|But we?re sorely lacking in imagination if in 2003?long after the civil rights revolution proved a success, at a…

Battle of the Blog

“[I]t should come as little surprise that a technology behind blogs–online chronicles of personal, creative and organizational life–has manifested the kind of bitter fight for control that is inevitable in any truly democratic institution….The dispute offers a glimpse into the byzantine and highly politicized world of industry standards, where individuals without legal authority over a protocol may nonetheless exercise control over it and where, consequently, personal attacks can become the…